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Corsair Tailwheel Upgrade, Earl Aune’s Scale Gear with Tail-hook

Corsair Tailwheel Upgrade, Earl Aune’s Scale Gear with Tail-hook

If you are building a Corsair from one of the Top Flite ARF kits, this upgrade will add lots of static scale points. This impressive scale retractable tailwheel with tailhook unit comes from my good friend and scale modeler, Earl Aune. (Above) Gear Extended (Above) Gear in the retracted position Involved with scale competition and […]
Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

Fabric Covering for Scale RC Airplanes — Video How To

We’ve received several emails asking about covering scale models. While I was building my the 1/4-scale Sopwith Camel project, I wrote this post that goes into detail about what required. Your response was impressive and many of you asked about Scale Stits Fabric and Poly Tak adhesive. So, I broke out the video camera in the […]
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Road to Top Gun — Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Road to Top Gun — Brian Blois’ F-16C Fighting Falcon

Flying RC since he was 10, Brian Blois from Winter Park, CO  will be competing for the first time at Top Gun and will fly his BVM PNP F-16C 1/6-scale F-16C painted in the Alaska Air National Guard “Aggressor” scheme. Brian believes it’s a perfect candidate for competition in the X Class. Brian enjoys many […]
Giant Scale Engine Considerations — Getting it right for improved performance

Giant Scale Engine Considerations — Getting it right for improved performance

When you are selecting the correct power plant for your giant-scale project, there are many factors to consider, including the size, weight, noise level, and carburetor type for the engine.These requirements can change with the intent of the project. A giant-scale aerobatic enthusiast, for example, is looking for pure performance, whereas a scale builder might […]
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Win $5K with the House Racer Challenge

Win $5K with the House Racer Challenge

Hobbico announces the House Racer Challenge, a video contest featuring the recently-launched House Racer Indoor FPV Race Pack and House Racer FPV Race Gate System. The contest runs from March 8 through April 4 and features celebrity judges. The grand prize is $5,000. The winner will be announced on April 14, 2017. “Our House Racer […]
8 Great Workshop Tips

8 Great Workshop Tips

EASY-INSTALL EYELETS The brass eyelets that come with rubber servo grommets are often a tight fit, and they can be tiresome to install by hand. A handy alternative is to use a punch or a piercer to apply them. Mount the grommet on the servo, and slip the eyelet over the tip of the punch. […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 14 — Plug-in Wing Panels

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 14 — Plug-in Wing Panels

So, after getting the Skyraider up onto its landing gear last time out, I thought I would tackle finishing up the plug-in wing panels. This of course was started before the wings were sheeted by installing the hardware which included the aluminum wing tube and socket sets which are available from Nick Ziroli Plans. Here […]
So You Want to Build it Big! — Advice for Enlarging Model Airplanes

So You Want to Build it Big! — Advice for Enlarging Model Airplanes

Part of the Model Airplane News “Classic Article” Archive, Greg Hahn, explains the proper way to enlarge scale model airplane plans. His techniques are as timely today as it was when it was first written. — By Greg Hahn I am often asked for information about blowing up plans. I guess my big competition B-25J Mitchell, which I […]
Road to Top Gun — Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Road to Top Gun — Robert Russ’ 46% Pitts Special

Who says Top Gun is only for warbirds? This 46% Pitts Special called “The Red Eagle” is the handy work of Robert Russ from Center Hill, Florida, and it is certainly not just a “Target”! Competing in the Expert class, Robert built the big Pitts from an EMHW S1-S kit and made into a S1T. It is powered by […]
Giant Scale Setup — Fundamentals of Ganging Servos

Giant Scale Setup — Fundamentals of Ganging Servos

On today’s giant-scale airplanes, it is a common sight to see multiple servos grouped together to command a single control surface. When you use multiple servos per surface, it is important to do it correctly. Mechanically, control horns should be positioned close to the centerline of the servo and with the linkage’s pivot point directly […]
Tips from the Workshop

Tips from the Workshop

We have the best readers around! You guys are always coming up with clever ways to make building and flying easier, and we love when you share your tips with us at MAN@airage.com. Here are a few of our favorites. A SHARP IDEA Most model airplanes use dowels to secure the leading edge of the […]
Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 13 — Retracts Installation

Workshop Build-Along — Douglas Skyraider Part 13 — Retracts Installation

With the wing finally assembled and joined to the fuselage, we can get to the best part of heavy metal warbirds —  installing the landing gear. For the 85 inch Skyraider we started the planning early for the retracts installation. With most ARF warbirds, the wing and the attachment points for the recommended retracts will […]
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